We’re living in a world that is always connected, and smart technology has gone a long way in improving our day-to-day lives. Smart gadgets that are linked to the Internet on a continuous basis can make clever decisions on our behalf and complete some of the tedious tasks we used to do ourselves every day. Entertainment is also changing, with everything from mobile phones to television sets now connected.
Landmark smart tech devices
Big technology changes occur step by step and the evolution of smart technology is no different. The backbone of smart technology is the Internet, which only really started to become important to the public at the end of the 1990’s. Around the same time and through the early 21st century, the profusion of flat screen displays has made it much easier to push information across to users, whether it is data or entertainment in the shape of videos.
These flat screen displays become increasingly affordable, and eventually even relatively cheap, and small devices, such as mobile phones, became capable of acting as smart, infotainment devices. The popularity of Apple’s iPhone, released in 2007, has driven the revolution in the smart devices carried with us every day.
How smart technology changed our lives
Smart technology has changed the way we live our lives. Information and entertainment is available around the clock and as all our devices are now connected, the wealth of content on the Internet is accessible without any limits. No longer does entertainment consist of playing card games, reading books and watching scheduled television. Instead, we play online slots on our smartphones, listen to audiobooks on the way to work and instantly watch our choice of television programs, whenever we want.
Smart technology goes beyond the ability to consume content. The latest devices are able to automatically top up our groceries as and when we need them, and allow you to remotely control the heating and lighting in your home. Kitchen-top digital assistants are available to answer questions on demand, giving you voice control over every aspect of your home and entertainment life.
The future of smart technology
Though almost all of us carry or wear one or two smart devices, many of the tools we use in daily life still operate discreetly. It is envisioned that almost every device plugged into an electrical socket will become linked to the Internet, from washing machines to fridges, and even your toaster. It is this mass interconnectedness that will lead to further big changes.
For example, smart cities will be able to use the data delivered by all these connected devices to provide cheaper and more reliable power, regulate traffic and manage pollution. Connected devices will know what food is stored in your fridge and prompt you to fill up on fresh products when you are near a grocery store.
It’s all about making life easier
In the long run, technology has made life a lot easier for everyone. Increasing interconnectivity between technology products will continue this trend, and let humans do more with their time, using fewer resources. We will continue to be better informed, more entertained and more relaxed, thanks to improvements in smart technology.